Super Bokeh at the Magic Kingdom

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For me, the most fun you can have photographing in a Disney property is taking only one lens for a time period like a day. When I do, I almost always choose to use a Nifty-Fifty which is a 50mm f/1.8 prime lens. Using Aperture Priority mode, a Nifty-Fifty can handle any depth of field … Continue reading "Super Bokeh at the Magic Kingdom"
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Don’t Stand when Photographing at Walt Disney World

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Hey, listen up! Don’t stand when photographing if you want to take unique and different photographs at Walt Disney World or anywhere else. I will say most of the photos we take we are standing and it shows. They are not as interesting as there are so many of the same everywhere you look online, … Continue reading "Don’t Stand when Photographing at Walt Disney World"
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Photographing Flowers and Gardens

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Dragon topiary in front of the Hall of Prayer for Good Harvest in the China pavilion at Epcot.Nikon D750/16-35VR, 1/125s, f/16, ISO 200, EV 0, 25mm Focal Length. This year’s Flower and Garden Festival at Epcot is currently going on. I am not much of a flower photographer by my own admission. In fact, a … Continue reading "Photographing Flowers and Gardens"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean

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The classic Pirates of the Caribbean or POTC ride found in Adventureland at the Magic Kingdom has been updated over the years. It was not originally planned for Walt Disney World but, after guests were surprised it was not one of the original attractions at the Magic Kingdom, Disney quickly put it into production. POTC … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Pirates of the Caribbean"
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Using a Wide Angle Zoom at the Magic Kingdom

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A fun lens to use at Walt Disney World is an Ultra Wide Angle (UWA) Zoom Lens. For a Full frame camera, it means a lens starting at around 16mm. For a cropped sensor camera, 10mm or 11mm is a good starting focal length. Currently, I use a Nikon 16-35mm f/4G ED VR Lens on … Continue reading "Using a Wide Angle Zoom at the Magic Kingdom"
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Disney Architectural Photography – Part 3

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In Part 1 of Architectural Photography at Walt Disney World we discussed the kind of equipment and techniques for architectural photography. In Part 2, we talked about how composition plays an important part in using the equipment. For Part 3, as in all photography, it comes down to the Light. Granted you can take photos … Continue reading "Disney Architectural Photography – Part 3"
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Disney Architectural Photography – Part 1

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Disney themeparks worldwide are home to beautiful and unique architectural structures. For the next three weeks, I am going to explore how best to photograph some of them. To photograph architecture specific types of gear and techniques are needed. Whether you are using a digital SLR, compact or even a phone camera, a wide angle … Continue reading "Disney Architectural Photography – Part 1"
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Disney Pic of the Week: Best Photo of 2017

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Last year, my wife and I became grandparents for the first time. We got to share my grandson’s first character meal experience with him at the Crystal Palace restaurant in the Magic Kingdom a few months ago. At 8 months, he was not afraid of the characters. It was funny watching the characters come up … Continue reading "Disney Pic of the Week: Best Photo of 2017"
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Christmas Traditions in Epcot’s World Showcase

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In this festive time of year, Epcot’s World Showcase countries get into the international spirit of the holidays. As guests walk from pavilion to pavilion they will come across the Epcot Storytellers who share their country’s Christmas and holiday traditions in very entertaining ways. One can find other traditions while shopping, too. In Germany’s Die … Continue reading "Christmas Traditions in Epcot’s World Showcase"
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Photographing Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom

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The new Happily Ever After Fireworks and Castle Projection Show in the Magic Kingdom is wonderful, beautiful, uplifting, emotional and a visual and musical delight. But, for a still photographer, like myself, it is extremely challenging. I like my firework photographs to have colorful long streams and bursts. For the previous fireworks show, Wishes, the … Continue reading "Photographing Happily Ever After in the Magic Kingdom"
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